Richard Felberg

Richard J. "Rich" Felberg

July 15th, 1943 - October 1st, 2020
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Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Watertown with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating and music by Elaine Vanderlaan, Lisa Bruley, and Roy Hope.

Note location: Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church.

Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery with military honors by the Vietnam Veterans of America NESD Chapter 1054 and the Patriot Guard Riders.

Pallbearers will be Alan Hendricks, Lee Hendricks, Mike Paulsen, Dean Johnson, Ray Speiser, Earl Nuttbrock, Dayton Nuttbrock, and Cliff Lockner.

Richard “Rich” Felberg, age 77, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020, in Sioux Falls, SD after a courageous battle with complications from Agent Orange exposure.

Richard Joel Felberg was born July 15, 1943, to Iver and Freda Cordelia (Tisdel) Felberg in Volga, SD. He grew up near Sinai, SD, and graduated from Sinai High School in 1961.

Rich served with distinction in the United States Army as a Radio Teletype Operator/Morse Code Specialist including a combat tour in Vietnam from 1967 - 1968 where he earned several medals, including the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and National Defense Service Medal.

Rich and his beloved wife, Arlene were united in marriage on December 6, 1975, in Aberdeen, SD, and spent forty-five devoted years by each other’s side.

Rich graduated from Watertown Business University with a degree in Accounting before beginning employment with Barkley Truck Lines where he worked for many years. After retiring, Rich worked at Walmart as a greeter.

Rich was a longtime member and officer in the Magic Mile Lions Club, playing a significant role in the development of the South Dakota Lions Eye Bank. He particularly enjoyed taking part in the Lion’s annual Christmas tree sales fundraiser. Rich was also a founding member of the NESD Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Rich was a devout Christian who loved spending time with his grandkids and his animals. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, fishing, traveling, computer games, and flower gardening. He was also a voracious reader and an accomplished woodworker.

Rich is survived by his wife, Arlene of Watertown; his sons, Joel (Hillary) of Rogers, AR and James (Tia) of Willow Lake, SD and his nine grandchildren, Adrianna, Kaplan, Brandon, Lillie, Thomas, Emily, Sullivan, Archer, and Trigg.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Iver.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday October 6th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday October 6th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Cornerstone United Methodist Church
    1350 11th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57223
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  • Service

    Wednesday October 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday October 7th, 2020 2:00pm
    Cornerstone United Methodist Church
    1350 11th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57223
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    Rev. Steve Anderson
  • Interment

    Mount Hope Cemetery
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Theoda Blewett

Posted at 03:46pm
Many happy memories. He usually had a smile but when they would stop at the house there would be dessert of some kind and he was ready to share unless Mom had made mincemeat pie and Arlene liked it but Rich would kind of chuckle and say that he would pass, Mom would laugh and then tell him what pie she had that he would like.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I am so sorry that I did not get to the funeral. Lots of love to you all. Theo and Bob

Maria Nei

Posted at 02:53pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Audrey (Weber) Rohde

Posted at 07:32am
Prayers and thoughts for his family

Julie LeVake

Posted at 11:54pm
We're so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. Please know we are praying for you all during these difficulty times. Hugs! Mike & Julie LeVake

Beverly Paulsen

Posted at 05:18pm
Arlene and family,
So sorry to hear of Rich's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Steve and Bev Paulsen

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